Highland Capital Releases 3rd Quarter Results

Highland Capital Management recently filed the required Form 13F with the Securities and Exchange Commission showing some interesting moves on the part of Jim Dondero’s hedge fund. While the overall value of the fund’s managed assets fell it was well within the industry’s overall performance.

Highland is particularly invested in the healthcare sector with 20% of its assets in that field. Also, other popular segments include the information technology (18% of their holdings), finance (18%), energy (12%0, and consumer discretionary (10%). For individual holdings, Highland has increased its holdings in the Spider S&P 500 exchange traded fund, Amazon.com, Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Danaher Corp., and Intra-Cellular Therapies.

Highland is an award winning hedge fund and investment bank based in Dallas, TX. With over 150 employees in office worldwide, the firm has managed in excess of $23 billion in assets for its diverse client portfolio. Highland was founded by Jim Dondero and his partner Mark Okada in 1993.

Highland is also known as an innovator in designed creative financing for its investor and corporate clients. An example of this is the collateralized loan obligation (CLO). This security is essentially a basket of corporate debt that has been assembled based on terms and risk profiles. By pairing corporation bonds that have less than investment grade credit with others, the overall risk to the investor is mitigated while still allowing a good return on investment and a steady cash flow.

Jim Dondero has had over thirty years of continually increasing success in the financial markets. He graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a dual degree in accounting and finance. After school, Jim was accepted into Morgan Guaranty’s training program, one of the most elite in the financial world.

Jim accepted a position with American Express as a corporate bond analyst after he completed the Morgan program. Shortly he was promoted to Portfolio Manager with responsibilities for a $1 billion fixed income fund. Protective Life approached Jim to help launch their GIC subsidiary. Jim successfully took the company from inception to over $2 billion in assets under management within four years.

In addition to his responsibilities at Highlands, Jim also serves as the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and Nexbank. He is also a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios. Outside of his work obligations, Jim is very active in the charity community with active support for initiatives in education, veteran’s affairs, and public policy.

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Netflix’s Promising Future According To Marcio Alaor

Netflix, that publicly traded company with a significant market capitalization in the video streaming business is going to yield great gains in terms of consumer base and profit for the year 2016, says BMG executive vice president Marcio Alaor. The reports have proven to be among the most promising investments after a stagnant outcome for the company. Fortunately, the information collected by Marcio Alaor and his team have showed how Netflix has successfully invested in this business.

Marcio Alaor is dedicated to helping others gain insight into what is going on around the world with regards to big players in the technology industry. As the executive of BMG Group, he has guided countless individuals in their quest to capture the success of investment as well. Now with an insight into Netflix, he is all set to do the same. Throughout his reports, Marcio Alaor points out the proven strategies that Netflix has taken and all the systems involved in the progress and development of the company. For example, Netflix is set to expand in more than 130 countries for the year 2016, which is more than double of what it has achieved so far since its inception. Certain countries such as North Korea, Crimea and Syria have placed restrictions on the company but other than that, it is all set for the expansion across the globe. Its plan of expanding in China is on hold as of now. The biggest achievement, however, is its presence in India which has promised to fetch a large consumer base by the end of this year.

Topics touched upon by Marcio Alaor about Netflix include its growth trends and market secrets positioned for progress in the coming year. Along the way, Marcio indicates that Netflix is going to increase at the rate of 24% each year from 2016 to 2020. This is particularly important for other companies and investors who are planning to partner with this company and are looking to grow their portfolios by matching their technology with that of Netflix’s. Investors who have partnered with Netflix early on have profited handsomely so far. By following Marcio Alaor’s reports, those companies that are planning to play a role in investment can have a huge edge over other investors and are in a better position to understand market trends and potential growth.

Marcio Alaor is the executive vice president of BMG Group, a major sponsor of Brazilian football and provider of uniforms to over 40 clubs. He is the driving force behind this company and is recognized as one of the most prominent entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Marcio Alaor also plays an active role in the investment research activities at the company he adores.

Democrats Agree to Hold Four More Debates

Blog writer Jon Urbana reported in The Washington Post yesterday afternoon that the two remaining national contenders for the Democratic Party nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have agreed to conduct four more televised debates. He wrote that the first of these events will involve a debate broadcast by MSNBC tonight, February 4, 2016 in New Hampshire. The candidates will address issues at the University of New Hampshire at Durham beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The remaining three political debates between the two primary candidates will occur in Flint, Michigan in March; in Pennsylvania in April; and in California in May. The Democratic Party had previously not scheduled as many debates as the Republican Party.

Some media commentators speculated that the schedule change reflects a longer, more drawn-out match during the race for the Democratic Party nomination. MSNBC will provide a live stream of tonight’s debate at the University of New Hampshire.

On Saturday, before the recent Iowa caucuses, press releases had indicated that the debate on the 4th of February might not take place. Now, it will evidently proceed.

Last night the two political candidates participated in a townhall forum broadcast by CNN. They appeared separately on stage and responded to a series of pre-screened questions from New Hampshire voters.

Ricardo Gumaraes BMG Bank President

This is the most important history in the world of finance as well as the international competitons. MG Atlkectico relay paid a very big price just to set their foot on that competition. Whatever they never paid will have to be paid at the end of the matter. According to the sheets in balance in the previous past five years, the debt of the atletico has been on the increase from the sum of 265 million dollars in that year that ended in 2008 to an amount that is very perplexing of 424 million dollars in the year 2012. The period is conceding with that of the president of Andre kali whom among fans has an idle status. Many of them are currently credited with the Kali in the Atletico and will have to decide the date for the Libatadoes in Paragua in the later Wednesday.

There are numerous items and we will only lay a focus on the three main items that will be the building blocks that make up the possessive atletico-MG. To the fact that the IRS, which forms the latest type of the sheet in balance, the amount can be payable in terms of the Rupees dollars in 208 million dollars in amount. The Employees guarantee funds that will be added in addition to the 14 million dollars. Among other loans that have been rendered to the non financial as well as the financial institutions are a sum of 167 million rupees.

In the non financial institutions will be the former Ricardo Guimaraes who is the former president of the club. For the loans that were made to the atletico-MG in the times that they were representatives, guimaraes will be entitled to receive commission of up to 15 percent for every transfers that will be collected because he is the chief investor for that group. He is also the BMG Banco chairman as well as the legal owner of the rights in economics and the finishers that are owed by the Libertadores Copa.

Despite the fact that the cast has been able to appreciate from the previous year, due to the experienced runners up of the Brazil, the Atkletic-MG is experiencing the executive deficits in the Kalil management which is an addition of the debt that is growing. This past year, the club was able to spend a minimum of thirty three million dollars that were raised as an addition. The balance in the year 20123 was a negative of approximately thirty six million. The growth of the atletico in terms of revenue mitigates the current burden in terms of debts. BMG as one of the biggest intermediary has a close debt that is nearing 25%.

Kyle Bass Predicts Hard Times Ahead For Emerging Markets

Since his lucky breakthrough in 2008 Kyle Bass as reported on his blog, founder and owner Hayman Capital Management a hedge fund firm located in Dallas ha been a popular figure before the camera. He has always been appearing before different media houses to talk about various economic issues but time has not been very kind to him. It has made a lot of people doubt his analytical abilities. Time and again as Kyle Bass appeared before the media to give his predictions, they all went wrong.

Is Kyle Bass an economic gambler? Yes, he is. He is nicknamed an economic gambler because of his poor economic analysis skills and his habit of saying anything that could get him a seat before the camera. His gamble in economic and investment matters is cemented by the poor performance of his Hayman Capital Management. This business is struggling not to close down. Since the 2008 luck in his investment gamble, Kyle Bass has never made any other big profit.

Kyle Bass is back again before the camera and, this time, he was at Wall Street Week. He was there to discuss the impacts the economy will have on the emerging markets selloff. As expected, he had some prediction to leave us with. He says that currently most emerging markets are in the mid-fifth inning, and they are struggling due to harsh economic times. He predicts that times are going to get tougher as this emerging markets approach the last three innings. This last three innings will be even harder than this that have been experienced, and emerging markets should brace for impact.

Kyle Bass warns that the Brazilian economy would hardly recover is the country continues with its deep-rooted corruption. Economic corruption scandals like ‘Operation Car Wash’ where the country lost more than $2 billion from Petrobras will keep hurting the country until changes are made. He says that through total eradication of corruption the country will be able to put its economy back in place.

For the case of Russia, Kyle Bass says Putin is the root of their economic problems with his infamous global chess moves. He says that consistent international sanctions over Russia will always pull it back economically and until Putin is out they will still be in an economically boiling pot. India is partially on the right economic track. If the country is not careful to maintain the right track it will tumble into a deep pool of economic crisis.

Kyle Bass says China is the bringer of the current economic crisis. The main problem being the banking-loss cycle that is similar to the one experience in the U.S. did during the Great Financial Crisis. He says that China should put in place good policies in place to gain back its economic state.

Marcio Alaor- Trend Setter in Brazil’s Growth

Marcio Alaor is the Vice President of Banco BMG, however, this man does not stop there. He has his own blog, where he discusses news not only in his own market sector but other places like television. One of the many highlights that Marcio has on his blog, is the expansion and growth of cities within Brazil. One of the main things Alaor has tried to do is move cities like “Sao Paulo forward. That is exactly what he has done from 2014 to 2015,” (Alaor, 2016).But that is not the end of it for Marcio Alaor. He has helped BMG successfully negotiate the convergence of Itaú Unibanco with BMG. “BMG will control 30% of revnue. This translates into funding for BMG at a monthly credit of R$300 million,” (Marcilio de Moraes, 2012).

BMG has also converged into the athletic world. “Since 2010, BMG has sponsored Brazilian football with over 39 printed uniforms,” (Alaor, 2016). Alaor is part of the executive team that pushes the nation to thrive and grow the business to new heights. Which is why Alaor is such a trendsetter. At the 33rd edition of Expose Samonte, Marico Alaor was inaugurated. “Local officials wanted to make sure that they raised adequate popularity to the occasion because this monumental occasion goes to show, you should never forget your home town,” (Dino, 2015).

It goes to show just how impressive Marcio Alaor’s reach is. He not only wants to grow BMG, but he is concerned with partnerships that will further rural areas. Vilmar, at the 33rd Agricultural Exhibition of Santo Antionio de Mote stated, “We, the Rural Union, have many ideas to help our farmers and we need more partnerships like yours. Our board only has to thank Marcio Alaor’s generosity.” (2014)

How OrganoGold Changes The World Of Coffee

For a perfect cup of coffee, you might not think that a mushroom known as Ganoderma can make for the best beverage but it actually can as far as OrganoGold is concerned. OrganoGold has been a trusted name in the coffee world for years with millions of people enjoying the products that this company makes. OrganoGold is a bit different just because of the fact that they use a highly sustainable mushroom for their main ingredient as compared to coffee beans that are often not part of the fair trade program. This is what makes OrganoGold a lot different and can be a staple for your cabinet in the kitchen.

Bernardo Chua is the founder and CEO of the company and has made it his life mission to provide delicious coffee in a fair and ethical way. Because of this, he has discovered the fungus that is used in all of his products. You can check out more about Bernardo Chua by visiting their site or Wikipedia page. You will notice that the growth of the OrganoGold company has been made largely in part due to the fact that it uses an entirely different ingredient to make a delicious cup of coffee. You do not necessarily have to stick to coffee beans in order to have a cup that is entirely unique and delectable.

CrunchBase identifies that Bernardo Chua has worked in the coffee industry for years and has a lot of experience working with a variety of different products and ingredients. One thing that set his company apart from so many others is that it is organic and ethical so that you can feel good about the products you are choosing for yourself. Many coffee products out there use beans that are not necessarily organic and this can take a toll on your health over time. What Bernardo Chua has done with OrganoGold is make a company that he can stand behind and one that you can feel good about supporting each time you buy a healthy product from them.

OrganoGold may seem a bit different because of the fact that it uses a special mushroom as its main ingredient and you may even be a bit hesitant to try it out for yourself. What you might not realize is that the mushroom used in all OrganoGold products makes for delicious cups of beverages and you can customize the coffee with your own toppings. You will adore the fact that you have a brand new type of coffee to try and that you can feel confident in the way that the ingredients are being sourced. Be sure to check out more about OrganoGold if this is something that you would like to experience yourself.  Bernardo Chua has recently taken the company into Turkey for the first time, and that is just one sign of the good work he’s done throughout his career.

21st Century Word of Mouth

There was a time when word of mouth could make or break a company. Make a couple of mistakes, provide bad service and after a while, the word would spread about the problems. Before you know it, the offending company is out of business or struggling severely. Fast forward to today and how have things changed? Now, word of mouth is spread faster than the flu. There is no where to hide in the 21st century in the age of Yelp and Google. With 3rd party sites set up to provide a bipartisan way to find out the truth, hearsay and a nugget of incorrect information can cripple a company.

Decreased sales, poor customer engagement are just two of the signals that inform a company that their reputation is taking a major hit. Companies are frequently expected to take responsibility for every employee, contractor or even individuals that are hardly related to their company. A bad performer or something toxic from someone’s background can pop up that shouldn’t effect a company, but often time does. There are many instances in the past couple of years to inform company executives about the dangers of leaving their reputations unmonitored.

That brings us to Online reputation management. The new niche service allows for personalities and companies to combat word of mouth that goes the wrong way. Perception is key in the modern internet connected world and staying ahead of trends and bad information is key.

One of the companies filling this need for reputation management is Status Labs. According to their website, their aim is to “enable clients to effectively engage audiences with compelling content to drive participation and sales.” But, it’s obvious that management dangerous information, misinformation and combating negative reviews is their goal. Status Labs is headquartered in Austin, Texas but has an international reach with offices in São Paulo and New York.

Real Estate Expert Offers Insight Into 2016 Real Estate Market In NYC

The 2016 real estate market in New York City is expected to have some major differences that will set it apart from the 2015 market. Real estate expert Ari Hawkov who works for Halstead Property offers the following insights for the NYC market in 2016.

One of the biggest impacts on the real estate market in New York City apartments for sale in 2016 will be the rising interest rates. This should have the effect on lowering prices for sellers, while giving buyers an opportunity to snatch up a home for a lower price. Another major development in the real estate market that should occur in 2016 is the focusing of buyers on prime neighborhoods. This is due to the fact that when the market surges and is doing well it tends to bring second choice neighborhoods into the boom as well. A declining market will have buyers focused solely on prime locations, where the dropping prices will make primary neighborhoods more appealing to buyers. The luxury condo market will probably be unaffected. This is because an influx of new developments and lots of new listings combined with a strong demand will continue to make the luxury condo market strong.

Knowing the real estate market in New York City and following its trends is no easy feat. If you are a seller looking to offload your property, a buyer looking to get a good deal during a period of downtime in the real estate market or an investor looking to invest money in physical property, a highly reputable real estate agency can help you achieve your goals. Town Residential is the leading full service luxury firm in New York City. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, invest or lease, Town Residential has the resources and personnel to help you achieve your goals and navigate through the New York City real estate market.

Town Residential is one of the few real estate firms in New York City that focuses on the luxury real estate niche in New York City. You will be given attention and informed on all developments regarding your deal/offers. Town Residential treats every client with the utmost respect and dignity while helping them achieve their goals. For a complete rundown of the projections for the New York City real estate market in 2016, check out this article on the NY Daily News.

Securus Goes Above and Beyond for Charity

The United Way campaign is a model campaign that is being praised by many investors and associates of Securus Technologies. Many think that the United Way campaign has had the highest level of contribution since the foundation of Securus Technologies. Among the list of contributors included associates of Securus and great leaders. The margin has even surpassed the annual goal of Securus Technologies everyone made very wonderful contributions for the campaign. They are focusing on the betterment of people’s lives and also saving of others. This campaign is similar to the perfect services at Securus Technologies in promoting a safe environment for everyone and many correction agencies. Recently, Securus initiated a technology in the form of inmate phone calls system referred to as advance connect.

The way Securus has been running their United Way campaign is amazing. It has been offering extra vacation days, giving prizes, and also organizing breakfasts and lunches with its sponsors who most of them are Securus associates to discuss the missions and the objective of their great campaign. Those platforms have continued to increase the interest levels of many other participants in what Securus United Way campaign does. They use a humanitarian strategy to eradicate poverty in the community, improve the health care and also increase accessibility to education for many young people.

The popularity of the campaign makes people get curious about what other things Securus Technologies does other than the campaigns. Well, Securus has been serving more than 3,450 correction agencies all over Texas. This is through providing emergency response system, criminal investigation and management of information about all incidents relating to the correction agencies but in a technological way Securus has more than 700 products invented by its experienced software developers all made to enhance the safety of everyone. The newest software in Securus created for communication is video visitation. Through the free app, you will get services like onsite video visits both scheduled or pre-scheduled which depends on the availability of that facility. Register for the technology here: https://securustech.net/steps-to-register

The inmate communication services improvised by Securus is very interesting. You only need to create an Advance Connect account with Securus, and you will get to make and receive calls to the offenders in the correction agencies. The account charges will be from your prepaid account. The account is great as it allows you to connect many of the contacts you have from home, office and also friends. As long as you have funds in your account you will be able to make and receive calls from the inmates in the correction agencies. The invention relates more with the campaigns Securus is doing as it is integrating the poor into the world same to what it is doing for the offenders.

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